WELCOME to Union Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a St. Louis, Missouri, open and affirming faith community that welcomes all God's people to Christ's table. Our vision today and as we move into the future is to be a faithful community growing in the treasures of justice, stewardship, artistic expression and hospitality. We invite you to join us as we strive to serve and worship God … to embrace and learn from God’s word … to celebrate what is good and beautiful … to seek justice … and to demonstrate Christ’s love in our daily lives.
… a faith community growing in the treasures of justice, stewardship,
artistic expression and hospitality.
Our outreach ministries at Union Avenue Christian Church follow Christ’s example of reaching out into the world to share, to heal, to offer hope and compassion, and to change lives. As a faith community, we share the compelling belief that every person is valuable and was created with unique abilities and purpose.
The tradition of lifelong religious education at Union Avenue Christian Church dates back to the church’s founding. It was Dr. James M. Philputt, Union Avenue’s first senior minister, who nudged the congregation into examining the Bible and sacred texts in new ways — consistent with “modern scholarly interpretation.”
The arts help us to encounter the holy and the sacred. The arts inspire us to look at ourselves and our lives, reminding us of the possibility of a full human life — full in the sense of the exercise of our imagination, the use of our perceptions and senses, and the questioning of the unknown and the incomplete.
Every day in the United States an average of eight children die by gun violence ... an unsettling reality of the world in which we live. The ARTS GROUPS OF UNION AVENUE and FACES NOT FORGOTTEN will explore this divisive issue through art and film with the opening of an exhibition of portraits in the Gretchen Brigham Gallery on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
THE REALITY WE BELONG TO AND THE REALITY WE SEEK TO KNOW, extends far beyond solitary existence, ruled by our individual powers of inquiry and feeling, to a place that includes the power of "the grace of great things." It is in the act of gathering together in community and trying to understand the "grace" of such "great things" that we forge an identity as knowers, teachers and learners.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE your enthusiasm for life with others? The OUTREACH TEAM invites you to join them for HAPPY THURSDAY, beginning Thursday, August 25, at 8:30 a.m.
On Friday, August 26, 2016, FOUR YOUNG ADULTS will walk through the doors of Union Avenue Christian Church to begin a 10-month adventure. They will be seeking ways in which to discern their way forward in the world through spiritual formation, interpersonal growth, simplicity, shared commitment to community and self-sufficiency.
UNION AVENUE OPERA (UAO) opens its twenty-second season on Friday, July 8, with an updated version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved comic opera THE MIKADO. All the season's hilarious comedy and searing tragedy take place on the UAO stage in the Union Avenue Christian Church.
Rachel Cooper, Disciples Homeland Ministries intern serving the URBAN MISSION INN, shares her insights into a week in the life of the Urban Mission Inn. People's ideas and understanding change after an immersive week-long experience of serving and learning together in mission. Click through to read more …
OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN ONCE AGAIN — this time by the hateful violence at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. To those who lost loved ones, may you be surrounded with love in your grief and loss; to the injured and your families, may you know healing and hope; to the brave first responders and caregivers, as you face the memories of what you witnessed, may you find peace of mind; to LGBTQ neighbors – beloved of God – to families, allies and friends, may you find courage and hope in the knowledge of our love.
ONE COULD DO WORSE THAN BE A SWINGER OF BIRCHES … Thomas Virgil Stockdale (Tom), age 82, passed away on June 9, 2016 at his home in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born on July 27, 1933, in Peoria Illinois.
This Sunday, May 29, we will GATHER AT THE TABLE for worship as we welcome sisters and brothers from FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Rockwood, Tennessee, as they prepare to serve in mission to our community with us. We will share stories of hope and faith, and share messages of resolve and thanksgiving with members of our armed services and families in need. Please join us as we gather at the table …
The ARTS GROUP OF UNION AVENUE will unveil an exhibition of works by ARTISTS FIRST STL, an open art studio for people with disabilities, Friday, June 3, 6 – 8 p.m. in the Gretchen Brigham Gallery in the Union Avenue Christian Church. Click through to learn more …